SummerFest Visions and Decisions: Musical Tales — with Composer-Narrator Bruce Adolphe




SummerFest Visions and Decisions: Musical Tales — with Composer-Narrator Bruce Adolphe

Musical Tales — with Composer-Narrator Bruce Adolphe

  • Doors: 6:30 PM
  • Concert: 7 PM
  • The Nightingale for violin and narrator, music by Bruce Adolphe with an updated comical-digital version of the tale by Hans Christian Anderson
  • Fantasy Pieces for cello and piano by Robert Schumann
  • The King, the Cat, and the Fiddle — a funny fable for violin soloist; string ensemble, and piano; music by Bruce Adolphe, story by Yehudi Menuhin and Christopher Hope


Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Violin

Acclaimed by the New York Times as “the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive” and as a 2017 New York Times “New Yorker of the Year,” for her “tonal mastery” (BBC Music Magazine) and “Groundbreaking” recording projects (STRINGS Magazine), and featured in the Smithsonian Museum of African- American History, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins is trailblazing an innovative, creative and entrepreneurial career as a soloist and chamber musician. Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize, Concert Artists Guild Career Grant, and Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Ms. Hall-Tompkins has appeared as soloist as the Inaugural Artist in Residence with the Cincinnati Symphony and with orchestras including the Dallas Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Gateways Music Festival, for the Manhattan School Centennial Gala at Carnegie Hall with co-soloist Glenn Dicterow, under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, and a Brevard Festival Orchestra under the baton of Keith Lockhart.  Additional concerts and recitals include the cities of Kiev, Ukraine; New York, Washington, Cleveland, Toronto, Chicago, Baltimore, and Greenville, South Carolina, and at festivals in France, Germany and Italy.

Dorian Kincaid, Violin Dorian Kincaid

Dorian Kincaid has been a member of the Colorado Symphony since 1995. She has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician at numerous venues throughout the region, including Denver Eclectic Concerts, Second Tuesdays at Trinity, Strings Festival, Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival, New Music Symposium, Taos, and as principal second violin of the Aspen Chamber Symphony. Dorian holds degrees from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was awarded the Jerome C. Gross Prize in Violin. She is honored to have studied with David Cerone, David Updegraff, Bernhard Goldschmidt, Nelli Shkolnikova, and Andrew Dawes.


Dr. Stephanie Mientka, Viola

Dr. Stephanie Mientka maintains an eclectic career in music which includes performing in orchestras, chamber music, teaching, and concert presenting. As an active orchestral musician, she is a member of the Boulder Philharmonic and Colorado Ballet Orchestra and is a regular substitute for Colorado Symphony. In addition to her performance career, Dr. Mientka is the Artistic Director of the Western Slope Concert Series, which presents 12 concerts per season on the western slope of Colorado. Dr. Mientka holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder, a master’s degree from Rice University, and the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from CU Boulder.

Alice Yoo, Cello

Cellist Alice Yoo has warmly been hailed for her sensitive musicianship, expressive nuance, and passionate commitment to chamber music and teaching. Yoo is the Co-founder and Co-Artistic director of the Denver Chamber Music Festival, a new destination for world-class chamber music in Colorado. Yoo regularly performs in numerous chamber music festivals, including Marlboro/Musicians from Marlboro Tours, Ravinia, Yellow Barn, Olympic, and Moab Music Festivals. Yoo has collaborated with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Pamela Frank, Kim Kashkashian, Midori Goto, Miriam Fried, Jonathan Biss, and members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Takács, and Juilliard Quartets. Passionate for new music, she has worked closely with esteemed composers Sophia Gubaidulina, Jennifer Hidgon, Andy Akiho, Paul Wiankco, Samuel Carl Adams, and John Harbison. Yoo has garnered top prizes at the Holland-America Music Society, Schadt, and Klein International String Competitions. Solo appearances with orchestras include the Cleveland Philharmonic, New York Classical Players, Bozeman Symphony, and other North American Orchestras.


Mark Lillie, Bass


Mark Lillie, a native of Boulder, Colorado, completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Peter Lloyd, and his Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Joseph Conyers. He will begin further studies at the Manhattan School of music in the fall under Timothy Cobb, Principal bass of the New York Philharmonic.




Marija Stroke, Piano


Pianist Marija Stroke, whose playing has been described by Strad Magazine as “music making of stature and substance”, has performed in chamber music, concerti, and solo recitals in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Asia. She has played frequently at such music festivals as Chamber Music Northwest, Caramoor, the City of London Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. Ms. Stroke is the co-artistic Director of the Garden City Chamber Music Society in Long Island, New York.

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